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Thoracic Oncology Guidelines

Read our latest guideline on lung cancer screening, and see our recommendations for treating high-risk patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

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Screening for Lung Cancer

July 2021

This clinical guideline and expert panel report contains 16 evidence-based recommendations and an update of the evidence base for the benefits, harms, and implementation of low-dose chest CT screening.

This 2021 guideline updates some of the prior recommendations in the 2018 version of the lung cancer screening guideline.

More thoracic oncology guidelines


Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd edition | May 2013

This CHEST guideline series presents recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with lung cancer, covering the full spectrum of care from initial evaluation to palliative and end-of-life care. Additional recommendations include screening, chemoprevention, and treatment of tobacco use in patients with lung cancer.


Evaluation and Management for High-Risk Patients With Stage I Non-small Cell Lung Cancer | December 2012

Access suggestions for evaluation and treatment of high-risk patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including sublobar resection with or without brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and radiofrequency ablation.


Guideline endorsements and collaborations

CHEST works with other medical societies and outside organizations to develop and distribute guidelines that align with our topic areas.

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Assessment of Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy Outcomes for Peripheral Lung Lesions: A Delphi Consensus Definition of Diagnostic Yield and Recommendations for Patient-centered Study Designs. An Official American Thoracic Society/American College of Chest Physicians Research Statement
American Thoracic Society/American College of Chest Physicians | September 2023

Management of Stage III Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: ASCO Guideline
American Society of Clinical Oncology | April 2022

Radiation Therapy for Small Cell Lung Cancer: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline
American Society for Radiation Oncology | March 2020

Lung Cancer Surveillance After Definitive Curative-Intent Therapy: ASCO Guideline
American Society of Clinical Oncology | March 2020

Developing new thoracic oncology guidelines

CHEST develops trustworthy, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of chest disease states with the help of CHEST members, volunteers, leaders, and staff. Help create high-quality, relevant thoracic oncology guidelines.